SAI Comments on Smarter Balanced Assessments


SAI has issued comments in support of the Iowa Assessment Task Force’s recommendation to adopt Smarter Balanced as the statewide assessment. The task force’s selection criteria for the assessment reflect the SAI Executive Leaders’ work in 2013 that emphasized selecting a statewide assessment that 1) Aligns with the Iowa Core, 2) Measures individual student growth, 3) Provides valid and reliable data, 4) Contains timely feedback mechanisms, and 5) Is purpose driven. These comments were submitted for the Nov. 3 public hearing of the Administrative Rules Committee on the issue.